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[FLR] | Need A Leadership Idea In 10 Minutes? Play With The Stuff On Your Desk

Happy Friday!   Some of the best ideas come in the simplest way. I remember hearing how the original BlackBerry keyboard design was created by the CEO as he noticed his young son playing in his highchair. All of the elements were set up in a semi-circle. Why should a keypad be all straight, when it could be

[MMM] | The Number 1 Way to Become a Better Leader

Happy Tuesday morning,   I love animals. As a kid I had a cat for a number of years but had always wanted a dog. I got my first dog in my late 20’s. She was a classic golden retriever and was all the goodness that that breed contains.   Since then I have had a german shepherd, gordon setter, labrador retrievers

[FLR] | How Leaders Can Balance Logic And Emotion To Make Better Decisions

Happy Friday!   We had such a good feeling about this person…   Have you ever heard this said about someone that was let go on your team?   There is some interesting research on using your intuition (feelings) while balance information (facts) to determine who would make a good fit on your team.   As a leader,

[MMM] What the Stock Market & Your Career Have in Common

Happy Monday morning,   I am not an economist by training, nor a financial planner, but it has been a very interesting week in the stock market.   You may have been observing a change in your personal net worth over this past week. This has been the worst week in the stock market in

[FLR] | Why Leaders Spend 10 Minutes A Day Thinking

Happy Friday!   Let’s face it, as a leader you are busy. You are being pulled in multiple directions and you have all of the responsibilities and pressures that come along with this. The one thing you really could benefit from is more time.   I have the solution.   It’s the George Schultz principle. George was Secretary

[MMM] Knowing What You Really Really Want

Happy Monday morning,   We’ve all had them. A “McEpiphany”.   What’s that you ask?   I heard of the term last year in the obituary of the NY Times best-selling children’s author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She authored more than 31 books.   She was having a meal in McDonald’s with her children when she decided to leave the world

[FLR] | Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

We’ve all had that moment when what we thought we knew for certain turned out to be wrong. Maybe it was that person you thought was a great hire, a new business area that you were “sure” was a winner, or a product that you were convinced was going to fail.   We call those “aha’ moments. These

[MMM] | Survey Says These Are The Most Resilient Places to Build a Career in Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada announced the BDC Entrepreneurial Resiliency Award. This award is focused on recognizing a Canadian business that has undergone a successful turn around and become stronger as a result of it.    Dictionary.com defines resiliency as the ability to spring back and recover readily from adversity.   The Grosvenor Resilient Cities Research Report looks at “the ability of cities to

Personality Traits Found in Successful Leaders

There has been much discussion around the personality types of leaders. There are so many types of leadership personalities: the “Jack Welch way”, the “Steve Jobs way”, the “Justin Trudeau way”…   So what is the best personality type of a leader?   Answer: Yours.   The reality is that all kinds of personality types are leaders and the key is to know

[MMM] | This small (but important) change will make all the difference in your career

Good Monday morning,   “I want to learn how to play the piano in 2018.”   “I am committed to learning how to play the piano in 2018.”   I was reminded of the nuanced difference between these statements during a recent executive coaching session I was conducting. My client shared that she wants to be better at timely decisions.